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Blaydon

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Blaydon constituency, the effects on Blaydon of his Department's policies and actions since 2000. (315303)

The Ministry of Defence delivers security for the equal benefit of all the people of the UK, and the Overseas Territories, by defending them, including against terrorism; and acting as a force for good in the world by strengthening international peace and stability. Our continuing main effort of success in Afghanistan, preventing al-Qaeda from having a secure base from which to threaten us directly, keeps our country safe from the threat of terrorism.

The Service Personnel Command Paper set out the Nation's Commitment to our Armed Forces, their families and veterans. This is a cross-Government initiative that is making real differences to the lives of our service personnel, veterans and their families and we are fully committed to upholding its key principles. The first annual report on the Service Personnel Command Paper was published on 19 November 2009. This report captured the progress made against the commitments of the Command Paper within the first year following its launch. It can be found at the following link:

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/Showcase/Providing ForOurPeople.htm

The report sets out the substantial progress that has been made including:

compensation for most serious injuries doubled;

free further education for service leavers;

retention of places on NHS waiting lists;

Local Connection legislation amended in England and Wales, with a similar exercise currently being worked on in Scotland, to give service leavers credit for having lived and worked in an area when applying for social housing; and

from April 2009, ex-service men and women who are seriously injured were given priority for specially adapted social homes.

Defence Statistics are not available at constituency level, but regional statistics on service personnel numbers and defence employment can be found on the Defence Analytical Service and Advice website. Location of military personnel can be found in Tri Service Publication 10 at the following link:

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/applications/newWeb/www/index. php?page=67&pubType=0&thiscontent=100&date=2010-01-28

Regional defence employment can be found in Tables 1.11, 1.11a and 1.1 1b in UK Defence Statistics 2009 at the following link:

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/modintranet/UKDS/UKDS2009/c1/table111b.html

Additionally, although not defence-related, the Neighbourhood Statistics Service provides a wide range of statistical information at parliamentary constituency level, taken from the 2001 census and other sources. This service is available on the National Statistics website at the following link:

http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk